Minimum Wage Quotations

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“Do you know that  most of the poor people in our country are working every day?  And they  are making wages so low that they cannot begin to function in the  mainstream of the economic life of our nation. These are facts which  must be seen, and it is criminal to have people working on a full-time  basis and a full-time job getting part-time income.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech to Memphis Sanitation Workers   a few days before his assassination.

“I honestly believe that with the $10 increase everyone is going to have happier workers, more productive workers and I believe it’s actually going to increase business in downtown San Jose.”

-Nick Taptelis, owner of Philz Coffee, a cafe that employs 25 minimum wage earners in downtown San Jose

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/03/11/san-jose-businesses-adjust-as-minimum-wage-hike-takes-effect/

“Instead of minimizing wages, we know it’s a lot more profitable in the long term to minimize employee turnover and maximize employee productivity, commitment and loyalty.”

Costco Wholesale Corp. President and CEO Craig Jelinek

In his statement, Jelinek said Costco’s starting pay is $11.50 an hour in the United States.

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2013/03/05/costco-back-in-the-forefront-of.html

“Linda Atkins and I are both running for Eureka City Council and we have proposed an ordinance raising Eureka’s minimum wage by $1.”

George Clark, LTE, Times-Standard, Oct. 23, 2008

http://www.times-standard.com/ci_10792606

“I used to work at McDonald’s making minimum wage. You know what that means when someone pays you minimum wage? You know what your boss was trying to say? It’s like “Hey if I could pay you less, I would, but it’s against the law.”

Chris Rock

“When the spending power of working families goes up, so does morale, which leads to productivity boosts, lowers job turnover, all in an ongoing “virtuous cycle,” and everyone benefits.”

George Clark & Linda Atkins, campaign statement 2008

http://humboldtherald.wordpress.com/2008/10/06/frank-jager-job-killer/

“Since the Earned Income Tax Credit lifts nearly 5 million Americans out of poverty each year, I’ll double the number of workers who receive it and triple the benefit for minimum wage workers. And I won’t wait another ten years to raise the minimum wage – I’ll guarantee that it keeps pace with inflation every single year so that it’s not just a minimum wage, but a living wage. Because that’s the change that working Americans need.”

President Barack Obama Obama’s Speech in Janesville, Wisconsin February 13, 2008

http://www.cfr.org/us-election-2008/obamas-speech-janesville-wisconsin/p15492

“…increased spending by Eureka’s workers creates more demand for products, helping businesses while creating more jobs in the process.”

George Clark & Linda Atkins, campaign statement 2008

http://humboldtherald.wordpress.com/2008/10/06/frank-jager-job-killer/

“It is but equity…that they who feed, clothe and lodge the whole body of the people, should have such a share of the produce of their own labor as to be themselves tolerably well fed, clothed and lodged.”

Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, 1776

“Raising wages in Eureka, which are so far below the state average, is the right and fair thing to do for Eureka’s working families.”

George Clark & Linda Atkins, campaign statement 2008

http://humboldtherald.wordpress.com/2008/10/06/frank-jager-job-killer/

“No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country”

FDR

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another.  But above all, try something..”

FDR

“But while they prate of economic laws, men and women are starving. We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.”

FDR

“The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little.”

FDR

“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”

FDR

“One thing is sure. We have to do something. We have to do the best we know how at the moment. If it doesn’t turn out right, we can modify it as we go along.”

FDR

Franklin Roosevelt: Message to Congress on Establishing Minimum Wages and Maximum Hours

May 24, 1937

“Today, you and I are pledged to take further steps to reduce the lag in the purchasing power of industrial workers and to strengthen and stabilize the markets for the farmers’ products. The two go hand in hand. Each depends for its effectiveness upon the other. Both working simultaneously will open new outlets for productive capital. Our Nation so richly endowed with natural resources and with a capable and industrious population should be able to devise ways and means of insuring to all our able-bodied working men and women a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.   A self-supporting and self-respecting democracy can plead no justification for the existence of child labor, no economic reason for chiseling workers’ wages or stretching workers’ hours.  Enlightened business is learning that competition ought not to cause bad social consequences which inevitably react upon the profits of business itself. All but the hopelessly reactionary will agree that to conserve our primary resources of man power, government must have some control over maximum hours, minimum wages, the evil of child labor and the exploitation of unorganized labor.”

A Message from FDR about the Living Wage

After many requests on my part the Congress passed a Fair Labor Standards Act, what we call the Wages and Hours Bill. That Act –applying to products in interstate commerce — ends child labor, sets a floor below wages and a ceiling over hours of labor.

Except perhaps for the Social Security Act, it is the most far-reaching, the most far-sighted program for the benefit of workers ever adopted here or in any other country. Without question it starts us toward a better standard of living and increases purchasing power to buy the products of farm and factory.

Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000.00 a day, who has been turning his employees over to the Government relief rolls in order to preserve his company’s undistributed reserves, tell you — using his stockholders’ money to pay the postage for his personal opinions — tell you that a wage of $11.00 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry. Fortunately for business as a whole, and therefore for the Nation, that type of executive is a rarity with whom most business executives most heartily disagree.

Franklin Roosevelt’s Fireside Chat, June 24, 1938

http://www.mhrcc.org/fdr/chat13.html

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George Clark & Linda Atkins Propose Ordinance to Raise the Minimum Wage (2008)

“Linda Atkins and I are both running for Eureka City Council and we have proposed an ordinance raising Eureka’s minimum wage by $1.”

George Clark, LTE, Times-Standard, Oct. 23, 2008

http://www.times-standard.com/ci_10792606

George Clark & Linda Atkins 2008 Campaign Statement on the Need to Raise the Minimum Wage in Eureka

FRANK JAGER: Job killer

October 6, 2008 Heraldo  Leave a comment Go to comments

From the Clark/Atkins campaign:

GEORGE CLARK AND LINDA ATKINS REBUT JÄGER AND ENDERT ON RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE

“Yesterday’s Eureka Reporter article: “Two Candidates Suggest Raising Minimum Wage,” discussed George Clark and Linda Atkins proposal to raise Eureka’s minimum wage from $8 to $9 per hour.

Concerned about the fact that Eureka’s workers’ median income level is only 51% of the statewide average, Clark and Atkins feel that raising the minimum wage is a necessary first step, as part of a comprehensive effort to get Eureka’s economy back on track.

The article also featured the reaction of Linda and George’s opponents in their race for Eureka City Council: Polly Endert and Frank Jäger respectively. “It’s totally the wrong approach,” according to Polly Endert and Frank Jäger added, “It’s a great idea, but it’s a job killer.”  The evidence shows minimum wage initiatives are neither “totally wrong” nor “job killers.” They are, however, often resisted by entrenched moneyed interests whose influence in this campaign once again threatens the future of Eureka’s working families. When it comes to raising the minimum wage, Linda Atkins and George Clark feel the facts should speak for themselves.

Over the past 12 years around 140 States and Municipalities have enacted living wage measures and 29 states and the District of Columbia all operate with minimum wages above the Federal standard. There is now a rich body of evidence in this area, none of which supports Jäger or Endert’s claims. In 1995 and in a subsequent study in 2000, David Card and Alan Krueger, “consistently found that changes in the minimum wage have not tended to raise unemployment by any discernible amount (and indeed have tended to be associated with slight increases in low-wage employment.”

In 1998 a survey of professional economists at forty leading research universities in the field of labor and public economics published by Victor Fuchs of Stanford and Alan Krueger and James Poterba of MIT conclude that, “the general professional view is, again, that there were no strong negative employment effects, if any, from raising the minimum wage by relatively modest amounts.”

Three more recent studies examining the impact of living wage laws in San Francisco and Los Angeles done in 2005 all agree: “None of these studies finds evidence of significant reductions associated with the implementation of living wages laws.”

A particularly interesting study was done from 2001 to 2005 comparing employment growth between 11 states that operated with minimum wage levels higher than the Federal standard and 33 others that did not. The states operating with the higher minimum wage experienced overall job growth of 0.57 %, while those that maintained the lower Federal minimum wage had a 0.52% growth rate. In other words employment growth was actually slightly faster in those states which paid minimum wages greater than the Federal level.

Given the enormous amount of evidence that contradicts Frank and Polly’s “sky is falling” reaction to the idea of raising the minimum wage for Eureka’s working families, are we to conclude that they simply don’t get it or is this what having “no agenda” means to them?

George Clark and Linda Atkins believe in building our economy from the ground up.  Raising wages in Eureka, which are so far below the state average, is the right and fair thing to do for Eureka’s working families. When the spending power of working families goes up, so does morale, which leads to productivity boosts, lowers job turnover, all in an ongoing “virtuous cycle,” and everyone benefits.  Furthermore, increased spending by Eureka’s workers creates more demand for products, helping businesses while creating more jobs in the process.”

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$12.00 An Hour Minimum Wage for Large Employers